Things are starting to become normal in Ghana. We are starting to get into a routine with school and I can assure you that we are all working VERY hard. It seems that everyone’s classes are going well and all of the kids are really warming up to us!
Copp and I had a class that was rather difficult to work with, but today we had a real breakthrough with them. We asked them to start writing their own rap or song and they all handed in beautiful pieces of this amazing poetry. They wrote about their love for soccer and their families and for God and it was really touching to read the words that all of the kids wrote. In our first class, I have grown especially close to a young boy named Solomon. Those that have been to Ghana know that “taking me as a sister” is a very big honor and quite a compliment. Well, Solomon has taken me as his sister and his pen pal. He has asked to see pictures of all of my friends and family. I have taken close to 300 pictures already, so I promise that I will have plenty when I get home. The cutest thing is when kids write notes and hand them to you during class, they get so excited and it is the sweetest thing. There is this amazing girl in one of my classes named Lydia and she has been so helpful. Overall, the kids have been one of the greatest parts of this trip. They are all beautiful and amazing and I will miss every one of them when we leave.
Yesterday, after school, we made cement blocks as part of our service. I don’t like manual labor but making blocks was so much fun! I don’t know if it was because I am in Ghana, but building blocks was great! Some of the boys came over to help us because apparently we were moving too slowly. It was hard work but I actually loved it. After that we took a walk into the village, Ajumako, and we walked into a nice soda bar thing. There was great Ghanaian music playing and Eva, NyAsia and I started dancing. We were immediately sought after by a random guy but then he turned his sights to Rebecca. He proposed to her and she declined but we wouldn’t give up so T. Michael had a conversation with him. It was great fun.
We have been learning a lot of Fante! That is one of my favorite parts. I love learning the language. It is customary in Ghana to take a name based on the day which you were born, long story short, my Fante name is Kosia, it is a lovely name for girls that are born on Sunday! It is so funny because every time you ask someone how to say something, they ask, “In Fante?” It is very funny.
I have grown close to a boy who works in our house named Bright. He is such a nice boy and he deserves a shout out on my blog.
I have to go because a lot of other people want to use the computer, but I hope to tell the rest soon.
Laura, thanks for keeping up, I love you and I miss you a lot :]
Becca and Jordyn, would a facebook message hurt every now and then? :]
2 thoughts on “In Fante?”
Maybe they say “In Fante?” because some people speak up to five Ghanaian languages. Technically, if you don’t specify, you could be asking how to say something in Twi, Fante, Ewe, Hausa, Ga or others. It’s not like going to Sweden and asking how people say something. Of course they will automatically give you the Swedish translation. In the States as a whole, most people speak only English, but it’s different in other countries.
Bright is a trip! I can’t believe how far along he’s come. I can’t wait to see you all in a week! =)